The SOS membersSOS International is more than a network: our member organizations take sustainable action by contributing to data and research on the topic, delivering campaigns and programs or adding capacity to each other.
National Union of Students in Denmark
Danske Studerendes Fællesråd (DSF) is the National Union of Students in Denmark and represents the interests of 165.000 higher education students across the country. DSF has been working since 1932 for equal access to high quality higher education in Denmark.
DSF is one of SOS International founding members and works proactively for the development of the organisation.
“Climate change is a student interest, because it impacts both the futures of students of today as well as the right to education of the students of tomorrow. As students, we have an important responsibility to push decision-makers to work seriously and immediately to stop this climate crisis” (Johan Hedegaard Jørgensen, President)
Students Organising for Sustainability United Kingdom
Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) is an educational charity that seeks to get more students leading on and learning about sustainability and social justice. Building on fifty years of leading-edge campaigns and programmes, developed by the National Union of Students (NUS UK), SOS-UK aims to harness the desire of students and young people to respond to the climate emergency and make a real difference now.
SOS-UK is a founding member of SOS International and delivers multiple programmes.
Founding trustee Zamzam Ibrahim, NUS National President, comments: “Students and young people across the world are calling for immediate action, and with youth climate strikes happening in every corner of the planet. It’s time we galvanise that energy and build on it. SOS-UK is our way of contributing and helping the student movement organise and have its say.”
Union of Students in Ireland
USI represents 374,000 students across the island of Ireland and is the main national representative body for third level students in Ireland. USI fights for access to education, and has been active for decades on social issues affecting students.
USI is one of the founding members of SOS and runs the Saves2 project nationally, which encourages students to make small changes to become more sustainable and overall have a big impact.
Station (Student & Innovation House, Denmark)
Station – a Student & innovation House is a platform and a physical meeting place for student engagement across disciplines with the aim to build bridges between students, researchers, the public and the private sector. An old police station of almost 4000 m2 in Copenhagen has been rebuilt to fit student activities housing those who want to define, engage and create a better future.
They contribute to SOS International through the Sustainability Influencers project, a semi-structured program that educates a group of students to fulfill the mission of mobilizing, engaging and empowering young people to take action on sustainability issues.
“We show the world what students are able to do!”
Netzwerk n stands for a genuine and new perspective on the discussion about – and the actual transformation process of – sustainable universities.
The REFEDD is the French Network of Students for Sustainable Development. It is a student association network (125 associations) that carries out sustainable development projects. The objectives are to have 100% of students aware and committed to sustainable development, and to make campuses 100% sustainable!
REFEDD is convinced that the student’s world is an essential strength to build tomorrow!
oikos is an international, student-led non-profit organization for sustainability in economics and management education. Founded in 1987 in Switzerland, it empowers student change agents worldwide to embed sustainability in academia and from there into day-to-day business, government and personal activities.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
Sustainability Week International
Sustainability Week international is the network for student-led Sustainability Weeks at higher education institutions around the world. This organization provide you with a framework, share their knowledge and support local teams as much as possible.
Their vision? They empower students to bring sustainability into all aspects of higher education institutions globally. Their aspiration is for students worldwide to turn their institutions into sustainability role models. Together for sustainability, because they believe in the power and potential of youth to co-create solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges of our time.
forum n is an Austrian institution which focuses on building strong networks between national initiatives concerning students’ actions on sustainability. One focus is on building sustainable education, another is on social-ecological transformation – both concerning the theory and the practical implications. forum n does networking, shares ideas and contacts and wants to reach out to a sustainable future.
“Do it yourself – a sustainable future!”
VSN-FDD-FSS is the umbrella association of Swiss student organisations for sustainability. Their goal is to implement sustainability in teaching, research, governance and strategy, as well as on campus and in dialogue with the public.
They consist of a voluntary led national board and have 17 members, which are all student organisations for sustainability. VSN-FDD-FSS initiates national projects and initiatives such as the Sustainability Week Switzerland or the center of competences. They raise awareness for sustainability among students and university employees through targeted measures, which leads to specific demands and actions. Additional higher education politics projects help them to achieve a nationwide impact and support the implementation of sustainability as a core principle.
Gray2Green Movement started as a student movement in 2018 at the University of Nigeria with just 6 members and has since grown to include 700 members in the founding University. As a grassroot Movement they engage students in University where the movement is recognized through Teach-In, outreach, campaigns and competitions.
SOS-International membership will provide us the unique opportunity to collaborate with like-minded students and leaders from diverse backgrounds which will help to improve and amplify our work. We would like to learn, collaborate and synergize our efforts with other student leaders to deliver a true sustainable world
U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development
The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development catalyzes education and actions for sustainable development. They create initiatives for action at the national and international levels, such as Beyond Doom and Gloom: Climate Solutions, Growing Green Jobs for Youth, and their current campaign Change the Chamber. With the UN, they work globally. Moreover, they connect 60 higher education associations in national networks, and work with student environmental groups nationally and internationally.
Wings for Amazon
Wings for Amazon is a non profit organization, and was established in 1988 as an independent animal refuge. In the last three years, their goal has been to help and give support to marginalized people. They have provided help for 123 families at the Bobonaza river, a community that suffered flooding in their home, losing all their homes and belongings. In these three years, they have collaborated with activism groups and indigenous leaders like the Nenquimo brothers, Jorge Pozo and a human rights delegation in Ecuador. The goal of Wings for Amazon is to provide solutions to allow ethnic groups to join the surrounding society in a common challenge; the destruction of ecosystems and devastation from the mining and oil industry. These challenges should be solved through education and health and human rights defense.
“Wings for Amazon is the chance to represent the lack of opportunities and rights for our communities. We can show the injustice pertaining to our region, and just like the wings of a harpia and the movement of a hummingbird, we can elevate our fight, together. Nature can’t wait for us because the people don’t know how to stop. This is Wings for Amazon.”